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Titre : The Inn of a Thousand Days: A Memoir of a ...
Éditeur : Singularity Press, Scottsdale, AZ, USA.
Date d'édition : 2005
Reliure : Hardcover
Etat de la jaquette : Dust Jacket Included
Signé : Signed by Author
Edition : FIRST.
NEW/FINE. SIGNED by AUTHOR on title page. Publisher's "Green Press Initiative" notice tipped in. Rare signed. [B141]. N° de réf. du libraire 011832
Synopsis : The Inn of a Thousand Days: A Memoir of a Country B&B Broken bones. Quixotic chefs and Dickensian tenants who reside like ghosts in guest rooms laid waste by time and neglect. This memoir is Alan Tongret's off-beat and bittersweet tale of leaving a New York acting career to help his parents wrest a hulking hotel from the graveyard and transform it into the cozy Lamplighter Inn at the rough-hewn paradise of Augusta, Kentucky. Tongret jumped into the task with brio, thinking he'd have the inn open in ten months and would then luxuriate in the country lifestyle while sipping mint juleps in the lobby with his guests betweeen writing plays and novels. But he and his parents were sucked into a four-year quagmire as they wrestled with endless seams of rotted wood, shiftless helpers and mushrooming debt, Alice-in-Wonderland building codes and marital stress. When they were about to sink below the horizon for good Tongret risked the last of his family's resources to create a theatre piece that saved the hotel and what remained of their sanity. It's an altogether improbable yet totally true miracle of energy, vision, and iron-clad tenacity. THe snugly paced, novelistic plot and poetic imagery form a cuationary tale of so many American towns that are embattled by decay and the Wal-Mart blitzbrieg. "I have read Alan Tongret's memori with absolute fascination; it is surely one of the most harrowing accounts of obsession since Moby Dick. In this case the Great White Whale was a hotel. ... Tongret's account is more than merely a suspensefl story; it carries implied questions of character and commitment, and how they may be most wisely fulfilled."--From the Foreword by Dale Wasserman
A propos de l'auteur: Alan Tongret?s plays have been produced in New York, at Alaska?s Last Frontier Theatre Festival, and around Arizona, and include Brontë, The World Aflame, Memories of the Lost Acres, Poor Richard?s Revolt, Shakespeare and the Gospels: Primetime!, Treasure at the Devil's Backbone, Aurora, Arbor Day, and others. Tongret earned an MFA in Theatre from Ohio University and acted with the New York Shakespeare Festival, Trinity Square Repertory Theatre, Fords Theatre, Allenberry Playhouse, plus summer stock, dinner theatre, TV, film, and commercials. He was a theatre manager at the Brooklyn Academy of Music for several years before joining his parents to renovate the Lamplighter Inn in Augusta, Kentucky. Tongret returned to school for an MFA in Creative Writing at Arizona State University, and over the last dozen years has headed the theatre program at Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix, where he's a sometime trumpeter with the jazz band and chaired the planning teams for the new Studio Theatre and Performing Arts Center. He continues to turn out plays, screenplays, novels, and nonfiction, and is an avid practitioner with watercolors, pen-and-ink, and oil pastels. He's married to actress and director Jo Ann Yeoman, and lives in Phoenix with a shady yard that offers plenty of room for his dog Puck to roam about.
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